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Florence


Florence in Italy
Florence (Italian: Firenze) is the capital city of Italy's Tuscany region, and was from 1865 to 1870, the capital of Italy. As of 2006, the city had a population of 366,488.

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Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2017-10-10
Paperback (724 pages)

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Walk in the footsteps of the Medici, sip aperitivi, and discover the cultural heart of Italy: with Rick Steves on your side, Florence and Tuscany can be yours!

Inside Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany you'll find:

  • Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Florence and Tuscany
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo to a 600-year-old perfumery
  • How to connect with local culture: Let a street musician serenade you on the Ponte Vecchio, stroll through a morning market sampling freshly-made pasta, and sip full-bodied wines with Montalcino locals at a corner enoteca
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a glass of wine
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Detailed maps for exploring on the go, including driving tours through the heart of Tuscany and Brunello wine country
  • Useful resources including a packing list, an Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 400 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Complete, up-to-date information on Florence, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Cortona, and more
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany.

Spending less than a week exploring Florence? Try Rick Steves Pocket Florence.

Rick Steves Pocket Florence

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-06-05
Paperback (200 pages)

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Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Florence:
  • City walks and tours: Five detailed self-guided walks including a Renaissance walk and tours of the Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery, Bargello, and Duomo Museum
  • Rick's strategic advice on what experiences are worth your time and money
  • What to eat and where to stay: Sample artigianale gelato, chat with locals over a glass of Chianti, and enjoy the Old-World ambience of a Florentine bed and breakfast
  • Day-by-day itineraries to help you prioritize your time
  • A detailed, detachable fold-out map, plus museum and city maps throughout
  • Full-color, portable, and slim for exploring on-the-go
  • Trip-planning practicalities like when to go, how to get around, basic Italian phrases, and more
Lightweight yet packed with valuable insight into Florence's history and culture, Rick Steves Pocket Florence truly is a tour guide in your pocket.

Spending more time in Italy? Try Rick Steves Italy or Rick Steves Florence & Tuscany.

Lost in Florence: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Explore (Curious Travel Guides)

By Nardia Plumridge

Hardie Grant
Released: 2019-03-19
Paperback (232 pages)

Lost in Florence: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink and Explore (Curious Travel Guides)
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Go beyond the facade of the palazzi and take a turn down the cobblestone side streets of Florence to discover vintage stores housing designer names, restaurants offering farm-to-table dishes and boutique hotels in 16th-century buildings. Lost in Florence is a comprehensive guide to the very best places to eat, drink, shop and explore in this magical city.

Author Nardia Plumridge shares not only Florence's highlights, but also unlocks some of its secrets, so in no time you'll be living like a local. Full day itineraries help you navigate the best of the city, and the daytrip section to nearby Siena, Cinque Terre and the Chianti wine region allows you to make the most of your trip. Experience the best of the city and a bit of 'la dolce vita' with Lost in Florence.

Fodor's Florence & Tuscany: with Assisi and the Best of Umbria (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s
Released: 2017-02-14
Paperback (416 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for more than 80 years.





Fodor's correspondents highlight the best of Florence and Tuscany, including renowned Renaissance art, stunning churches, superb wineries, and charming hill towns. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it's your first trip or your fifth. 





This travel guide includes:


· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information


· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks


· A great itinerary to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path


· In-depth breakout features on The Duomo, Santa Croce, and Piazza del Campo


· Major sights such as the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Leaning Tower and San Gimignano


· Side Trips from Florence 


· Coverage of Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Northwest Tuscany, Chianti, Siena and Central Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona and Eastern Tuscany, Southern Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches





Planning to visit more of Italy? Check out Fodor's country-wide travel guide to Italy.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence and Tuscany

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-02-07
Paperback (256 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence and Tuscany
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The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring Florence and Tuscany.

Visit Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia, marvel at Siena's tiger-striped Duomo, or eat and drink your way around the wine villages and estates of Chianti: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within color-coded chapters. Discover the best of Florence and Tuscany with this indispensable travel guide.

Inside DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence & Tuscany:
- Over 35 color maps, plus a large-scale pull-out map of Florence, help you navigate with ease
- Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need
- Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Florence and Tuscany designed for every interest and budget
- Illustrations and floor plans show in detail the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Siena's Duomo, and more
- Color photographs of Tuscany's rolling hills, medieval towns, iconic architecture, scenic coastline, and more
- Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover Florence's city center and Oltrarno, and north, south, east, and west Tuscany, including Pisa, Livorno, Volterra, Lucca, Cortona, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Siena
- Historical and cultural context gives you a richer travel experience: learn about the region's art and architecture, beautiful landscape, festivals, events, and more
- Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop, and sightsee, plus useful phrases and travel, visa, and health information

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence & Tuscany is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to Florence and Tuscany.

DK Eyewitness: Silver award winner in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards for Guidebook Series 2018.

"No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one." --The Independent

Planning a city break? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Florence & Tuscany.

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The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence: Shop and Eat Like a Florentine, Revised Edition (Pocket size, 8 walking tours showcasing the best shops, full-color photos)

By Louise Fili

Princeton Architectural Press
Released: 2017-08-01
Paperback (224 pages)

The Cognoscenti s Guide to Florence: Shop and Eat Like a Florentine, Revised Edition (Pocket size, 8 walking tours showcasing the best shops, full-color photos)
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Shop and eat like a Florentine with this newly updated pocket-sized guide to the best of the magnificent Tuscan city known for its art, culture, and cuisine. Celebrated graphic designer and self-described Italophile Louise Fili, with connoisseur of all things Lise Apatoff, takes you on eight walks through Florence, discussing more than seventy of the city's most alluring shops—some run by the same families for generations, others offering young entrepreneurs' fresh interpretations of traditional techniques. Discerning travelers will discover rare books and charming hats, vintage Pucci and handmade shoes, cioccolate da bere (drinkable chocolate), colorful buttons, and bolts of rich silk fabric in this enchanting introduction to makers and purveyors of cloths, home decor, accessories, specialty foods, and much more. For each shop, there is a full-color photo, description of specialties, and information on location and hours of operation.

Rick Steves Italy 2019

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-09-18
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From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta: with Rick Steves on your side, Italy can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Italy 2019 you'll find:
  • Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to Italy
  • Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites
  • Top sights and hidden gems, from the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David to corner trattorias and that perfect scoop of gelato
  • How to connect with local culture: Walk in Caesar's footsteps of through the ruins of the Forum, discover the relaxed rhythms of sunny Cinque Terre, or chat with fans about the latest soccer match (calcio, to locals)
  • Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight
  • The best places to eat, sleep, and experience la dolce far niente
  • Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums
  • Vital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place
  • Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the go
  • Useful resources including a packing list, Italian phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading
  • Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down
  • Annually updated information on Venice, Padua, The Dolomites, Lake Country, Milan, Italian Riviera, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Hill Towns of Central Italy, Siena, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and much more
Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Italy 2019.

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Top 10 Florence and Tuscany (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

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DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2018-08-21
Paperback (128 pages)

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True to its name, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Florence and Tuscany covers all the region's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Florence and Tuscany will lead you straight to the best attractions the region has to offer, whether you want to see artistic masterpieces like the Duomo and Michelangelo's David, or experience the local wines and fresh olive oils.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Florence and Tuscany.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Florence and Tuscany.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of the region's history and culture. A free pull-out city map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Florence and Tuscany.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

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Florence & Tuscany with Kids 2018: Florence and Tuscany Travel Guide 2018

By Ariela Bankier

Ariela Bankier
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The #1 Travel Guide for Families Visiting Florence and Tuscany! Florence & Tuscany with Kids (third edition-2018) is not your typical run-of-the-mill guidebook. Rather, it is an indispensable and hugely useful resource for any family travelling to beautiful Tuscany. Here you will find: Detailed family-friendly itineraries, covering the entire region * The top 5 activities for families in all the important cities (Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and more!) * Lists of the best events and activities in Tuscany, such as: water parks, adventure parks, cooking classes, horseback rides, jousting matches and medieval carnivals * Unique detective missions and kids' corners, filled with interesting facts and stories * Fascinating details about Italian art, culture, and history * Insider tips and top advice, from a local, that will save you time and money during your travels * Recommendations for excellent family hotels, B&Bs and restaurants * The best kid-friendly museums and sights. ALSO BY ARIELA BANKIER: "Venice, Verona, Lake Garda & the Dolomites with Kids" *** Here's what a few of our readers had to say about Florence & Tuscany with Kids: "Excellent book, tried and tested with 3 kids aged 10-11. We took a regular guide book too but always found ourselves checking this one because it had relevant info for famiilies, like: which place sells the best gelato? Good local panini bars, cafes, child friendly restaurants?..." DC "Well organized and very useful. If you are travelling to Florence or Tuscany with your kids, this guide is a must". Mat D. "This book is a must-have if you are taking your kids to the Tuscany region! It was invaluable and made our trip a great experience. We traveled with a 3 & 5 year old and the tips and activities inside were great. The restaurant recommendations proved to be helpful and delicious." Allison Neumann "Better than your normal travel guide. I love the additional information provided.... And now I have a much better understanding of Renaissance art!" W.Mason "Very good guide for Florence and the surrounding areas if you have kids. The major attractions had some kid based projects, these were fun to complete. Also, the facts based for kids were useful in keeping our child focused. We really liked the area/attraction gelato based information." C. Frears "This travel guide is detailed, thorough and full of useful information. As other reviewers have pointed out, its forte isn't an abundance of colorful photos and maps (on the contrary, it is printed in b/w), but the information it provides. The detailed itineraries (especially the Maremma and the Florence itineraries, which we followed) were very interesting and enjoyable. The reviews of Florence's best family friendly attractions and the recommendations for parks and medieval festivities were great. In fact, we found several suggestions and activity ideas here that we did not see in any other guide we consulted. All in all, this is a highly recommended resource for families traveling to Tuscany" Roi


 
 
 

 
 
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